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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 03-21-2010)
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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 1 pt. bottle (bbd 7/17/14) into a nonic pint glass, pours a copper amber color with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: light smell of pine and citrus hops, caramel malt

T: heavy hops up front with plenty of malt sweetness to balance, honey, citrus

M: perfect carbonation, full bodied yet refreshing, lasting pleasant aftertase

O: a fantastic English IPA, more subtle than American versions yet perfectly balanced, malt isn't overpowered by hops

M_C_Hampton, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of mmarv74
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mmarv74, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Before 19 Nov 14

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass that also includes a few larger bubbles. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with just a touch of light fruit sweetness (touch of apple and pear). That is followed by moderate aromas of floral and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). That is followed by an earthy herbal and floral hop flavor. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with a touch of crispness. Just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Fairly easy to drink with a smoothness that makes it rather refreshing. A nice example of an English IPA which has classic English hop aromas/flavors and it is not overly aggressive.

dbrauneis, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 9/17/2014. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemon zest, bread, honey, caramel, floral, grass, and light piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop/malt notes. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness. Fair amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, light toast, and earthy pine spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of hop/malt flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English IPA. Nice balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a yellowy orange colour, slightly hazy with a white head. Slight lacing.

Smells good, nicely hoppy and refreshing.

Tastes nice and hoppy too, but not overly. Just a slight tang to remind you this is an IPA.

Overall a bloody nice beer!

CwrwAmByth, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of triskadekaphobia
4/5  rDev +4.2%

triskadekaphobia, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mattparsons, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of JacketIPA
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JacketIPA, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle - $3.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

17 JUL 14 marked on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber body with great clarity noted and a well-sized, near white crown of suds.

Smell: Floral and biscuit scents, mainly, but also some hints of fruit and herb.

Taste: Light biscuit flavor from the soft, gentle maltiness mixed with fresh flower petals, minute citrus, and earthy herbs. Medium degree of bitterness. Some very light touches of golden syrup pushing forth on the back half. Dry, floral, reasonably bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (barely). Medium-plus carbonation (barely).

Overall: It's just a nice, refreshing beer.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Maiacetus
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Maiacetus, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of ceetee26
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ceetee26, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.9%

pin, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of MEP
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

MEP, May 20, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British Beer Company in Westford, Massachusetts on May 12, 2012. It pours medium amber in tone with a long, lasting head and excellent clarity. The aroma emits an array of sweet caramel malts and yeast. The hops are far more subtle than I expected. The body is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. The taste has a dark mild character to it with decent malty sweetness but then the hops jump forward at the very end to balance it all off. A classic English IPA.

puboflyons, May 13, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I knew of Ba I got this and didn't particular like it.

Then I discovered Ba and also started wondering why I didnae

after all it is BC'd
it's brewed by Fullers
and it's an IPA

Let's go

lovely honey roast body slight big bubbles but BC doesn't give the best head lol

Citrus on the nose a bit of a lemon washing up liquid smell.

Refreshing and much better than I remember
starting with a biscuity body with a slight caramel touch veering towards a bitter edge then warming with hops and yeasty bitterness.

Nice light touch on the mouthfeel and nice carb.

Glad I revisited this brew must have got a bad batch last time

EmperorBevis, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Richie71
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Richie71, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of galluch
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

galluch, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

81st Review
Bottle to pint glass
Enjoy by: April 2013

Enjoyed this 500mL bottle on Christmas Day while visiting London. Thank you Michael for this nice beer.

A: Flashy golden. Frothy single (off white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Hops, pine, medium roasted malt, more hops (floral notes this time though).

T: Sweet malt and very enjoyable balance of a wide variety of hop characteristics with a smooth, inviting bitter finish. Hint of spice near the end as well - nice.

M: Medium body with soft/medium carbonation.

O: A very well oriented bottle conditioned IPA. Reminds me of a classic (USA) West Coast IPA, but with a nice English twist. I'd like to try this on-draft at some point and compare notes.

spdyfire83, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle at Sainsbury's tonight. I was really excited to try this one because I am a huge Fuller's fan.

A- Beautiful golden color with a thick, creamy white head that has ridiculous retention and a powerful amount of lacing. This head is really what sold me on the appearance of this beer. One of the most impressive looking I have seen in a long time.

S- Light citrusy notes up front, with a discernable bit of sweet malt characteristics mixed in with a clean spicy finish. Not overly impressive, but it does have it's enjoyable aspects.

T- Much like the aroma. Some fruity hops characteristics (some citrus / orange zest and a little apricot). There is also some sweet malt flavor. This beer is consistent with the style, with a clean, bitter, earthy / spicy hop aftertaste closing off the taste and leaving a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

M- Smooth and creamy. Really wonderful. The mouthfeel is the most impressive and outstanding attribute of this beer.

O- A solid offering. Good example of an English IPA. I was impressed with the beer and would love to have it again.

IPA4LIFE, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of crnipeter
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never understood the idea behind bottle conditioned IPAs: the secondary fermentation in the bottle is supposed to be engine of the taste evolution and requires aging while on the other hand, aging adversely affects the hops which are the IPA's essence.

Pours clear pale amber with orangeish tint and off-white dense head that holds very well and forms firm laces on the walls.
Aroma is fruity (pineapple, mango, nectarine) with caramel-toasty malts, earthy-floral hops and evident sulfury notes.
Nearly medium bodied, well carbonated and foamy on the palate this smoothly drinking beer has malts and hops so well balanced it's almost bland, with minerally-sulfury finish and mild bitterness lacking any harshness in the aftertaste. The absence of harshness and hop-derived astringency is much sought-after but rarely seen quality in IPA and Bengal Lancer should be praised for that.

(Best before 05-17-2013, 500 ml into tulip)

crnipeter, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of tenaciousp65
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottled at the Red Lion Fuller's Pub near Westminster Abbey, big ben etc. I prefer this one bottled to cask, (probably just because its closer to the states) something about the crispness of the carbonation makes it finish better. I can definitively see how the IPA has evolved and where it came from. Whether from the cask or bottle conditioned this is a rock solid IPA and probably the closest thing i've found to a session beer since I've gotten here. Like I said before nothing new or creative here just a rock solid IPA that goes down easy for a nice refreshing drink

tenaciousp65, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Dec 2012.

A - Clear copper body with a relatively small amount of head that dissipates down to virtually no covering, with some lacing and cling.

S - Gentle hop aromas balanced by some malt on the back-end; fairly well balanced on the nose.

T - Similar to the aromas, the hops are the solid frontrunner of the taste, not as much so as American IPAs tend to be, but still out there. There is a good malt balance to temper the hops as well. Finishes with a gentle bitterness that lingers a little while.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp and doesn't linger too long.

O - Overall, an extremely drinkable beer, either on its own or as a session drink.

Wattsox, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear amber pour with quickly fading two finger head and decent lacing. The nose is subtle but really nice. Floral, perfumy hops dominate with hints of herbal tea. The hops are the star of the taste as well. Not overpowering like some American IPA's, but still big. Tangy and herbal with a good amount of tea and citrus as well in the flavor. Just enough sweet malts to give this perfect balance. Smooth just doesn't describe this beer. The bitter hop bite is just bordering being chewy, and there's something unique about the tea flavor in the aftertaste that makes this hugely drinkable. This is hands down my favorite English IPA. Another winner from one of the UK's best breweries!

beerdrifter, May 28, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a nonik style pint glass.

Light orange appearance, with a slight off-white head of foam that measured a few centimetres, before settling to a half centimetre throughout.

Marmalade smell is the most dominant, but by no means over the top. Definately can tell just from the smell that this is a British interpretation as opposed to a US version.

Initially it lulls you into thinking this is a light version of a British IPA, but the hops start to show they are present in numbers. Solid English hop flavour.

The body is well suited to the beer itself and the style, maltiness being there just a tad, but letting the hops stand out. Finishes off with a fullish, bitter finish.

Overall, a good interpretation of the British style. While i do like the Fullers malty house style of a lot of their ales, the relative absence in this made it unique and kept it true to label.

MrKennedy, May 04, 2011
Photo of jonb5
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, I was suprised how clear this beer was, dark brown colour, no bubbles. Could smell sweet perfumed hops. Tasted spicy apples, mangos and pears. It remided me of kellerbier. Not much carbonation, two would be great, can't say if I could drink more. Overall a very good IPA

jonb5, Dec 08, 2010
Fuller's Bengal Lancer (Bottle-Conditioned) from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
87 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.